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Rail Budget 2016: Patnaik lauds enhanced allocation for Odisha

Rues lack of announcement for a mass rapid transit system for Bhubaneswar

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik

chief minister lauded the Railway 2016-17 for its enhanced allocation for the state compared to the last fiscal.

"The total outlay for in this year's railway is Rs 4,682 crore which is 30% higher than last year. We appreciate the enhancement in allocation but at the same time expect the Centre not to revise it downwards. Actual allocation in last Rail was 35% less than what was announced," Patnaik said in his reaction to the Railway Budget.

He said, the state government was thankful to the Centre for extending the dedicated freight corridor from Kharagpur to Vijayawada.
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Patnaik, however, rued the lack of Budgetary announcement for a mass rapid transit system for Bhubaneswar at a time when the city has been chosen the best Smart City.

Besides, the Railway Budget has only token allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for the previously announced wagon factory at Sitalapalli in Ganjam district while two new locomotive manufacturing units have been announced to boost 'Make in India' initiative, he added.

First Published: Thu, February 25 2016. 18:40 IST